Wedding season is just about upon us, and if you’re a bride who wants to look her best, it’s time to think about those teeth. White teeth are the key to a photo-worthy smile, and you’ll never take more photos than you will at your wedding! You’ve got the white dress, booked your nail and hair appointments, and gathered your bridal party. Now all that’s left to do is book a teeth whitening appointment and follow these tips.

1. Schedule a Pre-Wedding Clean

It may not be time for your next checkup, but it’s still a good idea to book one so your pearly whites are in tip-top shape for your nuptials. To get teeth that feel smooth and healthy, get a full cleaning to scrape off the built-up sticky plaque and buff your teeth to a sheen. Your dentist will also take a look at your gums and make sure they look healthy, giving you the green light to embrace your big day with a confident smile.

It’s easy and fast to book your next cleaning in six months at this time, too. It’s not hard to forget about regular dental maintenance amidst the busy-ness of your wedding preparations, not to mention after the honeymoon and post-wedded bliss.

2. Book Your Teeth Whitening Appointment

When attending your cleaning, you can inquire about teeth whitening as well. This visit will have to be booked well ahead of your wedding date so you can achieve the shade of white you crave. You may have to come back for an extra visit or take some extra time during your initial appointment to get to the level you want. You will be given the choice between an in-office treatment or a take-home tray. Pressed for time? You may want to go with the professional in-office treatment because it’s the fastest and has the best guaranteed results.

3. Keep Up With Proper Oral Hygiene Habits

Wedding season is no time to get lazy about your oral hygiene. In fact, you should be ramping up your routine and following it to the letter. You’ll be seeing lots of people over the next month or so, many of whom you haven’t seen in years, so you’ll need to make the best impression possible with a healthy smile and fresh breath. Use mouthwash, and brush and floss regularly.

In regards to mouthwash, don’t choose ones that contain alcohol because they can dry out dental work while weakening tooth structure. Instead, choose alcohol-free, natural, colorless, formulas. Get a new toothbrush every three to four months, as frayed bristles are not as effective as stiff ones and don’t remove as much plaque from hard-to-reach places.

4. Remove Stains

There are some easy ways you can keep stains off your teeth, in addition to cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening. Keep away from red wine, coffee, balsamic vinegar, soda, berries, and other dark foods and beverages. If you do partake, wipe your teeth with a tissue or brush immediately so stains don’t set in.

Consider a pre-wedding diet comprised of:

  • Citrus fruits, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli: They are chock full of vitamin C to promote gum health.
  • Naturally-abrasive fiber-rich raw fruits and vegetables: These pull double duty and actually clean teeth as you eat.
  • Calcium-rich foods, such as cheese, yogurt, or low-fat or fat-free milk: These products can strengthen teeth and bones.
  • Phosphorus: Found in dairy, lean meat, fish, eggs, beans and nuts, phosphorus will help to strengthen teeth.

If you decide to drink dark liquids, soda, or ice coffee, use a straw to minimize contact with your mouth and teeth.

5. Use the Right Cosmetic Colors

It’s possible to enhance your smile with the strategic use of makeup colors. That’s because many colors can highlight the whiteness of your teeth. For that, try lipsticks in warm colors like bright red, cherry, and pink. Steer clear of blue-toned lipsticks, which offer a poor contrast against stains while actually highlighting any yellow tinge present on your teeth. Try a bronzer to give you a darker skin tone which will work well against the brightness of the teeth.

Looking Ahead

If your wedding won’t be happening till next year yet you’re unhappy with your smile, it’s time to take action now to correct it with clear aligners such as SureSmile Clear Braces. This cosmetic dentistry treatment can fix your crooked smile, but it doesn’t happen overnight. This is why you should start planning now so you can beam with happiness as you stroll down the aisle next year.

Book Your Teeth Whitening Appointment With Piedmont Oaks Dental

For a wedding-worthy smile, book an appointment in Piedmont online or call us at (510) 654-6523. We are located at 1345 Grand Ave. Suite 103 in Piedmont, CA, with convenient hours to accommodate your busy pre-wedding schedule.